13 Best Winter Activities to Do in Connecticut!

Connecticut’s winters may make you want to bundle up and hibernate until spring but ignore your initial urges as there are numerous fun activities and events that only take place in the winter! Winter is the best time to explore craft sales, enjoy light tours and experience the thrill of a live hockey game. Here are the 13 best activities to do in the winter in the Nutmeg State.

Boat Parade, Mystic, CT

Join Mystic for a unique parade of boats decorated with Christmas lights sailing down the Mystic River. At the close of the parade, Santa Claus rides by in a tugboat! The festivities start at the Mystic River Park, with the boat parade starting later in the evening. Following the parade is a contest where judges vote on the best boat in several different categories.

Holiday Craft Sale, Brookfield, CT

If you like searching markets for special handmade gifts to take home, visit the Brookfield Craft Center this winter. Enjoy the wide selection of Christmas ornaments, wooden items, jewelry, pottery, and more. The Holiday Craft Sale has been taking place for years and features numerous local and national artists and crafters.

Lantern Light Tours, Mystic, CT

Lantern Light Village takes you on an unforgettable journey through time, where you can create magical holiday memories with your family! From rides in a horse-drawn carriage to magical lighting displays, exclusive holiday stories, and festive crafts and games, it's sure to spark the holiday spirit in everyone.

Sun Wine and Food Fest, Uncasville, CT

Head to Mohegan Sun to enjoy the annual Sun Wine and Food Fest from this winter. At this delicious festival, you'll be able to select from 1,000 different kids of wines, craft beers, and hard alcohol. Additionally, numerous famous chefs that you may know from the Food Network television channel are hosting events including a tantalizing brunch with Mario Batali. Other events include a bourbon tasting, Mexican night, and more. Prices and ticketing information is available on the website.

Powder Ridge, Middlefield, CT

Winter is the time to get active in Connecticut, so grab your gear and head to Powder Ridge. Enjoy tubing, snowboarding, and skiing at Connecticut's favorite park. If you've never been skiing before, why not learn at Powder Ridge by taking lessons from one of their trained professionals.

Craft and Estate Sale, Litchfield, CT

Still haven't found the perfect gift to go under your tree? Check out Litchfield's high-end art, crafts and estate sale. At this sale, you'll find antiques, home décor, fashion, and crafts. Some estate pieces are coming from the collections of Anthony Haden-Guest, Amy and Milton Greene, and Bruce Willis.

Connecticut Flower Show, Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show will take at the Connecticut Convention Center. If you have a green thumb or would add some specialty roses, dahlias, sunflowers, and more for your garden, this is the event to attend. This year, there will be over 300 booths selling flowers, herbs, seeds, books, and gardening equipment. Additionally, Mar Jennings will be in attendance!

Check out a professional hockey game at Bridgeport Islanders

Watch the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers face off against the Hartford Wolf Pack in a stick slapping hockey game this winter. Enjoy the excitement while Connecticut's hockey teams take to the ice to battle against each other. You'll never know who will come out on top!

Wonderland of Ice, Bridgeport, CT

Explore the wonders of Wonderland of Ice. You'll find thrill and fun on the two NHL-sized ice sheets, whether a beginner or an expert. And don't forget the fantastic curling facility, perfect for all ice skating and curling levels. Slide into a pair of skates and enjoy the marvels of ice.

Bethel Restaurant Week, Bethel, CT

Bethel Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of Bethel's best culinary offerings! Take advantage of the great deals, have a blast, and find your new favorite restaurant. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind foodie event!

Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular, Stamford, CT

There is no need to brave the crowds at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, as Connecticut boasts one of the larges helium balloon parades in the U.S. Arrive in Stamford early and find a spot along Summer Street, Broad Street, or Atlantic Street to enjoy a parade of helium balloons, marching bands, and cheerleaders.

Take your toddler to Mystic Aquarium

Explore marine life like never before at Mystic Aquarium. From summer camps and overnights to homeschool curricula, this aquatic destination offers a variety of educational experiences, perfect for students of all ages. Step into a world of wonder and let the enchanting creatures of the ocean amaze and inspire you to become a steward of fragile marine ecosystems.

Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT

Ski Sundown, the family-friendly ski area, offers the best ski school instruction. Plus, 70 skiable acres, 14 trails, and two terrain parks make it perfect for all levels of skiing! Explore the mountain and have a ball this winter.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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